Arsenal's first major test against Liverpool at Anfield
Arsenal coach Unai Emery reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain, Aug. 17, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/ANDY RAIN
Arsenal's Dani Cabellos in action during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain, Aug. 17, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/ANDY RAIN
London, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- Arsenal will face its first test of the incredible season it has had so far as it will take on Liverpool at Anfield stadium.
The Gunners will seek not only to extend its sweet moment, having won its first couple of games of the Premier League season but also to boost its goal tally, which has not met expectations.
It was not until the second match of the season against Burnley when coach Unai Emery picked Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Dani Ceballos in the starting lineup together for the first time.
And it proved effective as the Spaniard collected two assists, setting up the Gabonese and the Frenchman for Arsenal’s two goals.
Now Arsenal is tied at six points with Liverpool, which leads the table on goal difference.
Liverpool has also won its first two league matches with more convincing victories that proved it is working out for the UEFA Champions League holder.
The absence of goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been barely noticed.
Arsenal will have to make up for the heavy 5-1 defeat it was handed when it last visited Anfield.
But its on-the-road results were not encouraging as the Gunners did not win in nine away games against top-10 teams last season.
Liverpool has not lost against top-six teams at its home ground since January 2016.
With the Liverpool-Arsenal game drawing most of the attention, Chelsea will be hunting its first victory of the season under Frank Lampard, while Manchester United hopes to get back on the victory track.
The Blues will visit Norwich City, while United will face off against Crystal Palace in theoretically accessible matches for Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Defending champion Manchester City is scheduled to take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, while Tottenham Hotspur will face Newcastle United, which has yet to earn a point.
The Premier League third match-day fixtures are as follows:
Friday, 23 August: Aston Villa-Everton (19:00 GMT)
Saturday, 24 August: Norwich City-Chelsea (11:30), Brighton & Hove Albion-Southampton (14:00 GMT), Manchester United-Crystal Palace (14:00 GMT), Sheffield United-Leicester City (14:00 GMT), Watford-West Ham United (14:00 GMT) and Liverpool-Arsenal (16:30 GMT)
Sunday, 25 August: Bournemouth-Manchester City (13:00 GMT), Tottenham Hotspur-Newcastle United (15:30 GMT) and Wolverhampton Wanderers-Burnley (15:30 GMT). EFE-EPA